Auburn established the Canine
Ft. McClellan, AL
to further the technology transfer and training components of the institute;s
mission. The Center trains dogs,
handlers, trainers and program managers in the
performance of all facets of canine detection work. Auburn is the U.S.
government’s primary source of research related to canine detection and
information from the research established the scientific precedent supporting
the use of detector dogs and the detection of explosives and other hazardous
materials. Furthermore, the institute is
a primary source of information and problem solving for the detector dog
community responding to 100 or more e-mail, phone, and mail requests for information
or guidance regarding the use of detector dogs each year.
This program selectively breeds dogs to be successful in
detection work to enhance the quality of detector dogs and ensure a resource
for such dogs. Auburn has produced 21 litters of Labrador
Retriever Puppies from which more than 50 successfully trained detector dogs
have been paired with law enforcement handlers.
This program is made possible through the support of dozens of
volunteers to house, care for, and provide these puppies with particular
experiences to enhance their trainability.
See Auburn University
Canine Detection Research, Development, and Training Program.
Scott Becket, of JSU's Teaching Learning Center, and his wife were working with one of these
Labrador puppies. During a training exercise in the northeast section of Jacksonville near
the Chimney Peak area, this puppy was lost. She is a female, jet black Labrador Retriever. She
weighs about 40 pounds. Her name is "Inky" and she has a red collar identifying her as part of the
Auburn Canine Detection Program.
If you happen to spot "Inky," please call either the Auburn Canine Detection Program at (256)820-8251 or
Kim Beckett at 256-237-4011. Any help in finding this puppy will be greatly appreciated.